After a Long Winter…

UpdateWow! I did not mean to take such a long break–“just for the holidays,” I told myself at the end of November.

Weeellllllll…sorry about that.

In my defense, I have been busy!

I finished Slag! I fought through that insane rewrite and it’s now in the hands of my first readers. I am hoping to get it out before Realm Makers this year, so by the latest, mid-July. (Am I insane? Probably…? I believe this has been established before…)

I am soooooo close to finishing Misfits but it is fighting me tooth and nail. Part of the problem is that some of it has been written out of order, only I didn’t write down that order, so now I have to sit down and re-order things, add things in that I forgot about, and generally do some tidying up before my head explodes from the snarly mess that this story is in.

I’ve written one short story, The Dragon Charmer (in an hour and a half writing sprint at the library), and hope to write a few more this year. No story acceptances to talk about yet this year, but I continue to throw stuff at various magazines and hope something sticks. It’s a bit like trying to figure out what to feed my four-year-old for lunch…you never know what bizarre combination of things will finally get him to eat. (I mean, this is the kid whose favorite snack was once watermelon with mustard…)

I’m almost finished with an untitled novella that features a secondary character from my stalled-out fantasy/steampunk novel, Darkglass. This novella sets up events that are fairly important later down the road in the world’s history…and I wrote the majority of the 16,000-word monster in two weeks. That’s probably the fastest I’ve ever written before, but it also felt super, super awesome. I think my best word count in one day was about 5,000 words.

In geek news, I discovered two new shows that I adore. (And they’re both cartoons, which is…kind of weird…) Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir is simply just cute and fluffy, though with some really good character building. (And my boys will watch it with me, which is another bonus.)

Voltron Legendary Defender is…just…where do I start? The incredible characterization, the fun if kinda of weird premise, the unexpected way I got sucked into it. (And a cartoon gave me feels…I don’t even know who I am anymore.) I basically love every character–Lance and Allura had to grow on me at first, but I’ve come to like even them. And oh yes, I like this show so much that I and some friends got together and we’re cosplaying a Rule 63 Voltron crew for Realm Makers this year. (I LOVE MY PEOPLE.)

Oh yes, and let’s not ignore the fact that the show gave me an idea for a science fiction space opera/military story. My MC maaaaaay slightly be based off Pidge and her brother is sooooort oooof Hunk and their sniper is kindaaaaa Shiro, but I have a lot of great ideas for it and really want to turn it into my own thing rather than just fanfiction.

And of course there’s been a lot of knitting, and some spinning, and contemplating learning embroidery, and trying to start freelance editing a bit, and helping my husband teach FPU for the second time at our church, and I’ve even started exercising semi-regularly and enjoying it. My two boys have grown in leaps and bounds this year. It’s a crazy life, and I’m loving it to the fullest.

Published by H. A. Titus

H. A. Titus is usually found with her nose in a book or spinning story-worlds in her head. Her love affair with fantasy began at age twelve, when her dad handed her The Lord of the Rings after listening to it on tape during a family vacation. Her stories have been published in Digital Dragon Magazine, Residential Aliens Magazine, and four anthologies: Alternative Witness; Avenir Eclectia Volume 1; The Tanist's Wife and Other Stories; and Different Dragons Volume II. In December 2013, her short story "Dragon Dance" won Honorable Mention in a Writers of the Future contest. She lives on the shores of Lake Superior with her meteorologist husband and young son, who do their best to ensure she occasionally emerges into the real world. When she's not writing, she can be found rock-climbing, skiing, or hanging out at her online home,

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